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Is Costa Rica Safe for Vacationing?

Safety In Costa Rica For a Tourist After living in Costa Rica for many years I am aware of the things one should know related to safety. I remember driving into Alajuela with my new husband and shockingly observing the bars on the resident's windows.  Naively I asked, "Is this decoration?" Rod laughed.  "No, he said."  "It is for security." M...

Overnighting near San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica?

Overnighting near San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica? If you are flying into the San Jose International Airport and need to overnight one or two nights before heading out to other tourist destinations in Costa Rica?  From my travel tips on "how to travel Costa Rica smarter and cheaper, "  I can advise you to do the following,  pick a ho...

Coffee “Costa Rica’s Gold”

Coffee "Costa Rica's Gold" “Starbucks in New York City serves Costa Rican Coffee.” Tourist traveling to Costa Rica have asked me, “What is the best gift I can bring to my relatives and friends back home?”  And I tell them, “Costa Rican Coffee.” The cup of coffee you drink in Costa Rica will be very fresh, recently harvested and roas...

Is There a Hurricane Season in Costa Rica?

Is There a Hurricane Season in Costa Rica? Hurricanes do not normally come as far south as Costa Rica.   However,  hurricanes  do get as far south as  the Atlantic coastlines of Nicaragua and Honduras.  Costa Rica's weather is categorized into a dry season and a rainy season, and the amount of rainfall depends on what area of the country you...

Guide to Driving from San Jose International Airport to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna l

Guide to Driving  from San Jose International  Airport to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna l If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica and plan to drive to the Arenal Volcano, here are some detailed  driving directions from San Jose  international airport to the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna, going through  San Ramon, the shortest route,  and...

Renting a car in Costa Rica – Things you should know

Renting a car in Costa Rica - Things you should know If you are traveling Costa Rica by rental car:  These are things you should know. First: Rent from a reputable rental car agency.  So how do you know if they are reputable?   First  are the well know companies such as Dollar, Avis, Hertz, etc  but then there are the Costa Rican companies m...

Traveling to Costa Rica, Should I Rent Car?

 Traveling  to Costa Rica,  Should I Rent  Car? I have often been told by my clients- We want to see as much as Costa Rica as possible, but not spend all the time in the car. So what are the condition of the roads?  Costa Rica is a mountainous country so to get most anywhere you have to drive over, thru, or around a mountain.  So the going i...

Aviaro del Caribe Sloth Refuge Limon Costa Rica

 Aviaro del Caribe Sloth Refuge Limon Costa Rica Travel Costa Rica to  the sloth refuge named Aviaros del Caribe sloth refuge . Go 30 miles south of Limon, Costa Rica.  It is easy to see the route on a Costa Rican map. It's the only main road going south as you leave Limon . You will see the sign on the left side of the road. Aviaros del Caribe....